Kyle Schwarber narrowly escapes Alex Bregman to advance in Home Run Derby

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That victory set up a showdown with Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Rhys Hoskins in the semifinal round.

Jesus Aguilar represented the Milwaukee Brewers in the Home Run Derby on Monday night, but fell short in the first round. If Harper goes yard during the All-Star Game, the Nationals said they will release more $1 tickets.

After prevailing against Hoskins, Schwarber squared off with Bryce Harper of the hometown Washington Nationals in the finals.

Eight sluggers, seven of whom are from the National League, will be pitted against each other in bracket form to determine the home run king.

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After Harper's dramatic win, some Cubs fans pointed out that Harper's father, Ron Harper, who was pitching to his son, didn't exactly follow the rules during the final minutes when Harper made his push to tie Schwarber.

Even though their man Alex Bregman lost an epic first round battle to Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber, the Houston Astros stole the show.

Harper's winning home run came during a 30-second bonus batting period he earned by smashing at least two balls that traveled at least 440 feet. However, Schwarber hit a hot streak and edged him out with time to spare. A change to the format in 2015 quickened the pace, and simplified the concept-each player hits as many home runs as he can in four minutes, and the one with the most homers advances.

Max Muncy knocking off Javier Báez in walk-off fashion in the first round was thrilling too. Both All-Stars would also greatly boost the event's star power.

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